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Spanning 9 time zones and two continents, Russia puzzles and fascinates. Taking up an immense space, a home to different nationalities and cultures, it’s often called a bridge between the East and the West. You can spend a lifetime exploring it without ever unveiling all its mysteries or feel at home over a week-end

We invite you on a remarkable journey to Russia! With one-sixth the entire land mass of the world within its borders, and so many natural and manmade wonders to see, we know that you will enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience on any trip you take to this country, even if this isn’t your first time!

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  • St. Petersburg to Moscow 9-day Tour with Suzdal and Vladimir

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    Experience Russia’s two great capitals and most ancient cities on this combination tour. We unite the best of the Treasures of Two Capitals with the most exciting sites on the Golden Ring. Please contact us at (646) 473-2233

    DAYS 1-2. ARRIVAL Arrival

    St.Petersburg The Cold War and the "Second Russian Revolution" are now long over. Get set for a fascinating visit to that part of the former Soviet Union called Russia.

    The Aeroflot (or American flag carrier) jet makes the night a short one, and soon you are landing not far from the Arctic Circle, in a city which was first called St. Petersburg, then Leningrad, and St.Petersburg once again. The city of the czars! Meet your passports-appointed Intourist representative and continue to your centrally-located hotel, settle in and then set out to explore the city with your escort.

    Meals included: Dinner

    Overnight: St. Petersburg.

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    DAY 3. ST.PETERSBURG CITY SIGHTSEEING

    A city tour introduces the historic center of St. Petersburg, a city listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the avenue known as Nevsky Prospect, Kazan Cathedral, the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, Palace Square with the Winter Palace (which was the main imperial residence under the Czars), the Hermitage, the Almiralty, St. Isaac's Cathedral and the Mariinsky Theater (renamed Kirov Theater during the Soviet era).
    On the other side of the Neva River, you will see the University, Menchikov Palace, the Fortresss of Peter and Paul, the Cabin of Peter the Great (dating back to 1703, when the Czar was building his dream city), and the heavy cruiser Aurora, whose guns rang out loudest in 1917, during the "first" Russian revolution.
    You'll see the heavy cruiser Aurora, whose guns rang out loudest in 1917, during the "first" Russian revolution.

    Local Guide • A full-day local guide, well-educated and specially-trained on the history and culture of St. Petersburg, will accompany your group.

    Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan • Visit the impressive Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan, begun in 1801 in the Neo-Classical style and modeled after Rome's Basilica of St. Peter. During the Soviet era, the cathedral was deconsecrated and its housed the Museum of Religion and Atheism. It is once again an active Orthodox Cathedral, with "Atheism" removed from the name of the museum's collections it still holds.

    Peter and Paul Fortress • Enjoy a visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress, built by Peter the Great to protect the area along the Neva River from the Swedes. Later, the fortress became the city's garrison and political prison, which housed famous inmates including Dostoyevsky, Gorkiy, Trotsky, Lenin's older brother Alexander and even Peter the Great's own rebellious son, Alexei.

    St. Isaac's Cathedral • Enjoy a visit to St. Isaac's Cathedral, whose gilded dome dominates St. Petersburg's skyline. Once the largest church in all of Russia, St. Isaac's is big enough to accommodate 14,000 standing worshippers. The Cathedral was converted into a museum in the 1930's. Visitors can admire exquisite exterior facades and inspirational sculptures, icons and paintings. Entrance is included to the observation point at the base of the dome, known as the Colonnade, for a spectacular view of the city.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Overnight: St. Petersburg.

    DAY 4. EXCURSION TO PETRODVORETS, HERMITAGE MUSEUM

    The Palace of Versailles is magnificent, but Petrodvorets, built by Peter the Great as a summer retreat, is greater still, as you will discover on a visit here today. Its construction, begun in 1704, extended for decades. See the Upper and Lower Parks' spectacular fountains and waterworks (the Sea Canal is connected to the Gulf) as well as the elaborate palace dreamed by the Russian

    Hermitage Museum • Today, visit the museum of all museums, the Hermitage! Lavishly decorated and fastidiously maintained since the days of Catherine the Great, these large, gold-leafed rooms contain works of art of inestimable value.

    Much of this art is European, imported by an admiring Russian aristocracy.

    Meals included: Dinner

    Overnight: St. Petersburg.

    DAY 5. EXCURSION TO PAVLOVSK AND PUSHKIN, OVERNIGHT TRAIN TO MOSCOW

    Travel to Pavlovsk, a town located nineteen miles south of St. Petersburg which grew around one of the most extravagant palaces in Russia. Grand Palace • Visit the golden-colored Grand Palace, situated on a bluff overlooking the Slavyanka River and surrounded by a splendid 1,500 acre park. The last of the imperial summer palaces to be built in the late 18th century, it includes a Neoclassical dome supported by 64 columns, a Throne Room, Knights Hall and Greek Hall, all decorated with paintings, bas-reliefs, gilt, marble and Gobelin tapestries.

    Travel to Pushkin • Travel to Pushkin, a town founded in the 18th century as a royal residence named Tsarskoye Selo. It now bears the name of the poet Pushkin, who studied in this city from 1811 to 1817.

    Catherine Palace • Visit the sumptuous Catherine Palace, begun in the 1750s by the Empress Elizabeth and later enlarged by Catherine II the Great. See how its striking blue and white façade extends nearly 1000 feet from the Agate Pavilion to the five-domed Palace Church. Inside, the lavish interior includes the "Golden Enfilade," a series of palatial rooms starting with the Great Hall (also called Light Gallery because of its large windows on either side), and the famous Amber Room added by Catherine the Great in 1770.

    It took skilled craftsmen twelve years and several tons of amber to create this room's original amber panels from 100,000 pieces of amber, carved then perfectly fitted together along with semiprecious gems and mirrors.

    Dismantled by the Nazis during World War II, the amber panels were shipped to Germany, and their location remains a mystery to this day. (The value of this "lost treasure" was estimated at 142 million dollars in 2000.) The restoration of the Amber Room to its original condition was completed in 2003.

    Overnight train to Moscow • Pick up the pace tonight with an exciting ride on the famed Red Arrow, the overnight train which links St. Petersburg to Moscow.

    Railway trains are different in Russia. To begin with, the railway tracks are farther apart than in Western countries, and the railway coaches are thus wider and more spacious, with purple curtains and oriental rugs on the inside, occasional silver samovar, and crisp white sheets on the sleeping berths. (One of these is reserved in your name.)

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Overnight: Aboard train.

    DAY 6. MOSCOW CITY SIGHTSEEING

    City sightseeing includes Red Square (with Lenin's Tomb on one side, and the equally well-known GUM department store on the other), St. Basil's Cathedral (built by Ivan the Terrible in the 1550s to commemorate the capture of the city of Kazan), Tverskaya Street (formerly Gorky Street), and the Kremlin.

    In town, you will also see the Bolshoi Theater, the forbidding façade of the Loubianka (once the headquarters of the KGB), the narrow streets of the old Kitaï-Gorod district, the banks of Moskva River and the Duma (Federal Assembly). Then motor up to the Vorobiev Hills (Sparrow Hills, formerly called Lenin Hills), the site of Moscow State University, from which you'll enjoy a panoramic view of the city.

    Local Guide • A full-day local guide, well-educated and specially-trained on the history and culture of Moscow, will accompany you today.

    St. Basil's Cathedral • On a visit to St. Basil's Cathedral, the universally recognized symbol of Moscow, get a close-up view of its extraordinary ensemble of multicolored and seemingly random steeples, pinnacles and onion-domed towers. Yet, the cathedral is designed according to a classic Greek cross pattern, with chapels arranged around the main sanctuary, all with superb interior decoration. Originally white with golden domes when it was built in the 1550s, St. Basil's was later painted with a riot of colors that accentuate the unique characteristics of the towers, arranged to symbolize the flames of a bonfire.
    You will see the Novodevichy Convent, also known as the Smolensky Monastery. Founded in 1524, it is beautifully preserved and on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

    Ride on the Moscow Metro • Your city tour includes a visit to the Moscow Metro, inaugurated in 1935 as a state-of-the-art urban transportation system and dubbed The People's Palace. Stations were decorated by the best artists of the time, with materials brought in from different regions of the Soviet Federation. The Moscow Metro now counts 145 stations and you will visit the most beautiful, which are decorated with marble, granite, onyx, paintings, mosaics or majolica tiles.

    Meals included: Breakfast on route, Lunch, Dinner

    Overnight: Moscow.

    DAY 7. MOSCOW CITY SIGHTSEEING, SERGIEV POSAD, SUZDAL

    City sightseeing includes Red Square (with Lenin's Tomb on one side, and the equally well-known GUM department store on the other), St. Basil's Cathedral (built by Ivan the Terrible in the 1550s to commemorate the capture of the city of Kazan), Tverskaya Street (formerly Gorky Street), and the Kremlin.

    In town, you will also see the Bolshoi Theater, the forbidding façade of the Loubianka (once the headquarters of the KGB), the narrow streets of the old Kitaï-Gorod district, the banks of Moskva River and the Duma (Federal Assembly). Then motor up to the Vorobiev Hills (Sparrow Hills, formerly called Lenin Hills), the site of Moscow State University, from which you'll enjoy a panoramic view of the city.

    Local Guide • A half-day local guide, well-educated and specially-trained on the history and culture of Moscow, will accompany your group. The Kremlin • A walk within the Kremlin provides a fascinating close-up view of the luxurious palaces built by the Czars and still used as government offices. You'll also see three of the most important cathedrals in all of Russia: the Cathedral of the Dormition, where the Czars were crowned, the Cathedral of the Annunciation with its nine golden domes, and the Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel, where the Czars were buried.

    Cathedral of the Dormition • A visit is included to the Cathedral of the Dormition, the most important church in Russia.

    Travel to Suzdal via Sergiev Posad • Your coach takes you forty miles north of Moscow to Sergiev Posad, which was renamed Zagorsk during the Soviet era. For the last 500 years, this city has been the most important pilgrimage center in Russia. And, oddly enough, it has also developed a reputation as a toy-making center. The first wooden dolls, known as matryoshka, were made in this town, and production continues to this day.

    Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius • Most visitors are drawn to Sergiev Posad by the Troitsa Sergieva Lavra, or Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius, which you will visit. This outstanding architectural ensemble serves as the residence of the Russian Patriarch and as the administrative center of the Russian Orthodox Church. Founded in 1340 by Sergiy of Radonezh (who became Russia's patron saint), the monastery is once again open for worship and its school of theology again attracts many students. Such is the importance of Sergiev Posad that UNESCO has placed it on its list of World Heritage Sites.

    Cathedral of the Assumption • You will visit the blue-domed Cathedral of the Assumption (Uspenky Sobor), built in the 16th century by Czar Ivan the Terrible.

    Travel to Suzdal • Travel to Suzdal, along a road lined with villages that evoke times gone by with their fairy-tale diplay of gabled roofs. Look for the banyas, Russia's popular version of the sauna.

    Meals included: Breakfest, Lunch, Dinner

    Overnight: Suzdal.

    DAYS 8. SUZDAL GUIDED WALKING TOUR, KIDEKSHA, BOGOLYUBOVO, VLADIMIR, MOSCOW

    Explore Suzdal, which became the religious center of medieval Rus after the fall of Kiev. Its wealth of monuments, towers, domes, churches and monasteries illustrate the development of Russian architecture from the 12th to the 19th centuries.

    Suzdal Kremlin • Visit the Suzdal Kremlin, where you will see remnants of the first stone church, built in the 12th century, the main belfry and the snow white Archiepiscopal Palace.

    Nativity Cathedral • Dominating the Kremlin is the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Mother of God, which you will visit. This monumental building with five domes was begun in the 11th century.

    Travel to Moscow via Kidekcha, Bogolyubovo and Vladimir • Explore Suzdal, which became the religious center of medieval Rus after the fall of Kiev. Its wealth of monuments, towers, domes, churches and monasteries illustrate the development of Russian architecture from the 12th to the 19th centuries.

    Travel to Kidekcha • Travel to Kidekcha, a small village located three miles from Suzdal which was in the 12th century the residence of Prince Yuri Dolgorukiy, also known as George I of Rus. Church of St. Boris and St. Gleb • Visit the Church of St. Boris and St. Gleb, built on order of Prince Dolgorukiy. One of the oldest churches in this region of ancient monuments, it its dedicated to the princes Boris and Gleb, children of Vladimir the Great, who were the first Russian Orthodox saints to be canonized after they were murdered in 1015.

    Church of the Intercession of the Virgin on the Nerl photo stop • Stop on a small hill for a view of Bogolyubovo's Church of the Intercession of the Virgin on the Nerl, which dates back to 1165. This is perhaps the most famous monument in the Vladimir region, due to the elegance of its architecture, its location on a meadow overlooking the River Nerl and its connection to the Byzantine icon revered as The Virgin of Vladimir (now in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow).

    Half-day city sightseeing • Discover Vladimir's rich history through its striking monuments. Start at Golden Gates, the city gates built in 1164, from which you can see the two cathedrals built during the same period.

    Local Guide • A half-day local guide, well-educated and speciallytrained on the history and culture of Vladimir, will accompany your group.

    Cathedral of the Assumption • Visit the Cathedral of the Assumption, which stands on a hill by the Klyazma River and is known for its fine gilt, majolica tiles and frescoes.

    Dimitri Cathedral • The Dimitri Cathedral, which you will visit, is considered to be one of the most outstanding cathedrals in the country with the exceptional high reliefs carved on its façade and the outstanding frescoes and mosaics.

    Travel to Moscow • Travel to Moscow.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Overnight: Moscow.

    DAY 9. DEPARTURE

    Depart Moscow • Da sveedanya! The time has come to say good-bye to Russia. Memories of a strong and courageous people will animate your reports to friends and family.

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Imperial Russia 8-day Tour of Moscow and St. Petersburg

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    The most popular private tour to Russia takes you to the heart of it all, to the mighty walls of the Kremlin, to the priceless art of the Hermitage and the lavish palaces of St. Petersburg. Led by the best guides in the country, these private tours will introduce you to a world of majestic history and culture.

    Please contact us at (646) 473-2233

    DAY 1

    Leave the US on your overnight flight for your journey to Russia. If you fly from Europe your Day 1 will start on Day 2 of this program.

    DAY 2

    Arrival in Moscow. You will be met at the airport and transported to your hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure for relaxation.

    DAY 3

    After breakfast, you will be escorted on an in-depth tour of this fascinating Russian capital. Enjoy the grandeur of Red Square and the Russian White House. See Moscow University, the former KGB headquarters and central Moscow. Experience a deep sense of history as you trace the footsteps of the legions of princes, paupers and poets who have passed through this ancient city. Visit to Novodevichy convent. Originally built as a fortress, it also functioned as a convent for women of the royal family and prison for Princess Sophia, sister of Peter the Great, after she made three attempts on his life to deprive him of the throne. The convent itself is a unique example of 16th– and 17th-century architecture. Lunch you will have on your own. The afternoon's tour takes you to the heart of the city – the Kremlin. This former Moscow citadel – "Kremlin" means "fortress" – houses exquisite palaces, presidential buildings, lovely churches and scores of major historical monuments. Your tour of the Kremlin will also include a visit to the fascinating State Armory, the oldest museum in Russia. As its name implies, it contains many ancient weapons and armor, as well as a treasure-trove of gorgeous crown jewels, gold-encrusted icons, bejeweled royal scepters and exquisitely carved thrones. All these lovely treasures eloquently tell the history of Imperial Russia.

    Stay in Moscow overnight.

    DAY 4

    Spend the morning at leisure doing some shopping and taking pictures. Lunch you can have on your own. After lunch, ride the amazing Moscow Metro, where every station is an individual monument to Soviet art and design. The metro tour is followed by a tour of Tretyakov Gallery, the museum of Russian art. Most of the collection was a donation of one Russian merchant – Pavel Tretyakov – after whom the gallery is named. In the evening, you’ll be taken to the train station for your overnight trip to St. Petersburg.

    DAY 5

    Morning arrival in St. Petersburg. You will start your day with a city tour of this gorgeous city – Tsar Peter the Great's "Window to the West." Only 300 years old, the city was built by Tsar Peter to capture and rival the beauties of Paris and Venice. You'll love the extravagant baroque architecture of the city center, Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square and Smolny Convent. Check-in at the hotel. Lunch you will have on your own. In the afternoon, enjoy the many wonders of the elegant Winter Palace, which now houses the Hermitage Museum, one of the largest art and cultural museums in the world. This vast collection (about 65,000 items) includes some of history's most important art.

    DAY 6

    Today a late morning drive will take you to the lovely city of Pushkin – formerly Tsarskoe Selo, the Tsar's Village. Enjoy an escorted tour of the beautiful baroque-style Catherine Palace, built by Empress Elizabeth and named after her mother Catherine the First. The architect was Bartolomeo Rastrelli, who also designed the Winter Palace and the Hermitage Pavilion. Visit Pavlovsk, one of Tsar Pavel's summer palaces. Like many other royal residences, the palace sustained heavy damage during the war, but most of it has been restored to its former glory. Spend the night in St. Petersburg.

    DAY 7

    This morning tour Peter and Paul Fortress with its famous Peter and Paul Church, which contains the tombs of Russian rulers from Peter the Great through Nicholas II. After visiting the fortress, your tour continues to St. Isaac's Cathedral (constructed 1818-58), the largest in the city, with its tall gilt dome one of the many focal points of St. Petersburg. Your tour continues with a visit to Alexander Nevsky Abbey. You will visit the oldest cemetery in Russia, with many of the country's most famous historical figures. The afternoon tour will take you to the Yusupov Palace, one of the most beautiful private palaces in St. Petersbug, also known as a place where Rasputin was murdered.

    DAY 8

    Bid farewell to this elegant, exciting city, as we transfer you to the airport after your fascinating journey.

  • Moscow – St. Petersburg 8-day Tour

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    Experience a sightseeing tour of Moscow and St. Petersburg, where you will be able to visit such famous locations as the Red Square, the Russian "White House", the Heritage Museum, and many other renowned Russian landmarks.

    Please contact us at (646) 473-2233

    DAY 1

    USA/EN ROUTE: Our Russian journey begins with an overnight flight to Moscow. All meals served on board, as well as complimentary beverages, movies and earphones for your travel comfort. If you fly from Europe your Day 1 will start on Day 2 of this program.

    DAY 2

    ARRIVE MOSCOW: Arrive at Moscow International Airport. Upon arrival, meet awaiting tour escort and motor coach and continue to the hotel for check-in. Overnight in Moscow.

    DAY 3

    MOSCOW: After breakfast, embark on a sightseeing tour of the city, including Red Square, which was originally known more prosaically as the tog or market place. The present name dates from the 17th century, meaning "beautiful." Red Square is famous for its scene of markets, fairs and religious festivals, as well as a famous place of execution. Here, rebels met their deaths beside the raised circular dais called the "Lobnoe Mesto," from which state decrees were also read out. The tour continues with the former headquarters of the KGB, Moscow University and the Russian "White House." Lunch on own in the city center. Lunch if followed by the tour of the Kremlin, which includes a visit to the fascinating State Armory, the oldest museum in Russia. As its name implies, it contains many ancient weapons and armor, but it also houses a treasure-trove of gorgeous jewels, gold-encrusted icons, bejeweled royal scepters and exquisitely carved thrones. All of these lovely treasures eloquently tell the history of Imperial Russia. Overnight in Moscow.

    DAY 4

    MOSCOW /VLADIMIR /SUZDAL: After breakfast, meet awaiting motor coach and drive to the Golden Ring of Russia, including Vladimir, an ancient historic Russian town located on a tributary of the Volga. Upon arrival you will have lunch at a nice local restaurant, which will be followed by a city tour of Vladimir. The city dates back to the 10th century and some of its highlights such as the Golden Gates and the Byzantine Assumption Cathedral you will be able to admire during the tour. Continue to Suzdal, one of the most beautiful cities of the Golden Ring. Dinner and overnight in Suzdal.

    DAY 5

    SUZDAL/MOSCOW/ST.PETERSBURG OVERNIGHT TRAIN: After breakfast, full-day sightseeing of Suzdal, the best preserved town on the Golden Ring. Tour sights include the Kremlin of Suzdal and Assumption Cathedral. Lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch you will visit a Museum of Wooden Architecture and then head for Moscow to catch an overnight train to St.Petersburg.

    DAY 6

    ST.PETERSBURG: Breakfast snack provided on board the train. Upon arrival begin a city sightseeing tour including views of the Peter and Paul Cathedral designed by the famous architect Rastrelli. It stands on the grounds of Peter and Paul Fortress in the oldest section of the city and contains the tombs of Russian rulers from Peter the Great through Nicholas II. Lunch on own in the city center. Check-in at the hotel. After lunch visit the Hermitage Museum, one of the largest art and cultural museums in the world. Its vast collection (about 65,000 items) includes some of history's most important art. Overnight in St.Petersburg.

    DAY 7

    ST. PETERSBURG: After breakfast, travel outside St. Petersburg to the lovely city of Pushkin – formerly Tsarskoe Selo, the Tsar's Village. Tour Catherine Palace, the beautiful Baroque-style building that was built by Empress Elizabeth and named after her mother, Catherine I. The architect was Bartolomeo Rastrelli, who also designed the Winter Palace and the Hermitage Pavilion. Like many other royal residences, the palace sustained heavy damage during the war, although most of it has been restored to its former glory. Lunch on own in St.Petersburg. After lunch continue on your city tour along Nevsky Prospekt and visit Yusupov Palace, site of Rasputin's death. The rest of the day is available for independent sightseeing, shopping and last-minute photo opportunities. Overnight in St. Petersburg.

    DAY 8

    ST.PETERSBURG/USA: After breakfast, time at leisure for independent sightseeing and shopping. Transfer to St. Petersburg International Airport. Our journey comes to an end as we board our flight bound for the USA.

  • Venice of the North Best of St. Petersburg

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    This carefully designed tour harnesses the best of St. Petersburg. Be swept away by the historic beauty of Petergof Palace; let your imagination run wild at the Hermitage. Your knowledgeable guides are eager to help you make the most of your St. Petersburg excursion.  Come see for yourself why many call this city the Venice of the North!

    Please contact us at (646) 473-2233

    DAY 1

    Leave the US on your overnight flight to St. Petersburg.

    DAY 2

    Arrive in St. Petersburg. You will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel in a comfortable private car. Balance of the day at leisure. Many exciting options available. Overnight in the hotel.

    DAY 3

    After breakfast, you will have an in-depth escorted tour of this gorgeous and glamorous city. Lunch in town. After lunch visit the Alexander Nevsky Abbey – a monastery and a 19th-century Necropolis, containing the graves of many world-famous Russian writers, composers and sculptors. Overnight in the hotel.

    DAY 4

    Today the morning drive will take you to the lovely city of Pushkin – formerly Tsarskoe Selo, the Tsar's Village. Enjoy an escorted tour of the beautiful baroque style Catherine Palace. Lunch will be served in Pavlovsk, where you will see one of the Tsar Pavel's summer palaces. Like many other royal residences, the palace sustained heavy damage during the war, but most of it has been restored to its former glory.

    DAY 5

    Enjoy a tour of Peter and Paul Fortress and St. Isaac's Cathedral. At the Fortress, visit the famous Peter and Paul Cathedral. a sepulcher of Russian rulers from Peter the Great through Alexander III. After visiting the Fortress, continue your tour to the largest in the city St. Isaac's Cathedral. Lunch in town. This afternoon, enjoy the many wonders of the elegant Winter Palace, which now houses the Hermitage Museum, one of the largest art and culture museums in the world. Its vast collection of about 65,000 items includes some of history's most important art.

    DAY 6

    This morning you will delight in visiting the Summer Palace complex of Peter the Great, the construction of which began in 1714 and included numerous fountains. Enjoy your shopping in the afternoon.

    DAY 7

    Morning visit to the Yusupov Palace,where Rasputin was murdered. Enjoy a "Vodka Rasputin" lunch. This afternoon, visit the famous Russian Museum.

    DAY 8

    Bid farewell to this elegant, exciting city, as we transfer you to the airport after your fascinating journey.

  • 7-day Tour of Moscow and St. Petersburg

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    In this 7 day tour of Moscow and St. Petersburg, you will have the opportunity of seeing some of the best sights in Russia, including the formal KGB headquarters, The Heritage Museum, The Winter Palace and other historical and heritage sites.

    Please contact us at (646) 473-2233

    DAY 1

    Arrive in Moscow. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in the comfort of a private car. Balance of day at leisure.

    DAY 2 AND 3

    While in Moscow, you will be escorted by private car on an in-depth tour of this fascinating Russian capital. Enjoy the grandeur of Red Square and the Russian White House. See magnificent Moscow University, the former KGB headquarters building and central Moscow. Experience a deep sense of history as you trace the footsteps of the legion of princes, paupers and poets who have passed through this ancient city. For the rest of your stay in Moscow, you may explore on your own. Visit Novodevichy Convent or the exquisite palaces and churches of the Kremlin. Whatever your interest, our local hosts ease your way by making all arrangements for tours, theater, ballet, opera or circus tickets. They can even arrange for personal guides/interpreters, to help you enjoy your stay to the fullest. Private car transfer to the train station for your overnight train to St. Petersburg.

    DAY 4

    Private car transfer from the train station to your Hotel in St. Petersburg, Tsar Peter the Great's "Window to the West". Balance of day and evening free.

    DAY 5 AND 6

    Private-car city tour today. Enjoy the extravagant baroque architecture of the city center, Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square and Smolny Convent. While in St. Petersburg, enjoy a visit to the elegant Winter Palace, which now houses the Hermitage Museum, one of the largest art and cultural museums in the world. The vast collection (about 65,000 items) includes some of history's most important art. Numerous tours and cultural performances can be arranged by our experts in St. Petersburg.

    DAY 7

    Bid farewell to this elegant, exciting city, as we transfer you to the airport after your journey to this fascinating land.

  • The Best of Moscow 4-day Tour

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    This is an extended tour of Russia’s bustling metropolitan capital, Moscow. It is ideal for travelers with a specific reason to visit Moscow: a business meeting, research, or a concert. The tour’s itinerary is designed in such a way that it will not interfere with your original plans.

    Please contact us at (646) 473-2233

    DAY 1

    Arrive in Moscow. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel Balance of day at leisure.

    DAY 2 AND 3

    While in Moscow, you will be escorted on an in depth tour of this fascinating Russian capital. Enjoy the grandeur of Red Square and the Russian White House. See magnificent Moscow University, the former KGB headquarters building and central Moscow. Experience a deep sense of history as you trace the footsteps of the legion of princes, paupers and poets who have passed through this ancient city. Visit Novodevichy Convent or the exquisite palaces and churches of the Kremlin. Whatever your interest, our local hosts ease your way by making all arrangements for tours, theater, ballet, opera or circus tickets. This tour takes you to the heart of the city the Kremlin.This former Moscow citadel "Kremlin"means "fortress" houses exquisite palaces, presidential buildings lovely churches and scores of major historical monuments. Your tour of the Kremlin will also include a visit to the fascinating State Armory, the oldest museum in Russia. As its name implies, it contains many ancient weapons and armor, as well as a treasure-trove of gorgeous crown jewels, golden crusted icons, bejeweled royal scepters and exquisitely carved thrones. All these lovely treasures eloquently tell the history of Imperial Russia.

    DAY 4

    Bid farewell to this elegant, exciting city,as we transfer you to the airport after your journey to this fascinating land.

  • Epic 18-day Trans-Siberian Rail Journey

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    Experience Russia like never before on this epic 18 day trans-Siberian rail journey that will take you from Russia's capital city of Moscow through Irkutsk, one of the largest cities in Siberia, and finally through Vladivostok, a city near the head of the Golden Horn Bay, which is located close to Russia's borders with China and North Korea.

    Please contact us at (646) 473-2233

    DAY 1

    Depart from the USA Boeing Airbus. Options of other international carriers are available.

    DAY 2

    Arrive in Moscow. Our driver will meet you at the airport and take you to the Hotel right in the center of the Russian capital. Receive your train ticket, rest, enjoy Moscow by night.

    DAY 3

    A half-day city tour after breakfast will take you to the Kremlin and Red Square – the political, historical and architectural core of Russia. Beautiful churches, imposing monuments and the world's key museums are all around you to explore.

    DAY 4

    Enjoy your breakfast and get ready to check out from the hotel at noon. You have another half-day before the Trans-Siberian Express leaves this night. Enjoy more of Moscow, its cuisine, hospitality, shopping. You will board the train with two tickets: one for the span from Moscow to Irkutsk, and the other from Irkutsk to Vladivostok.

    DAY 5

    THROUGH 7 ARE EN ROUTE. Your train will take you through the vastness of Russia, offering you a fascinating sight of the woods, cities, rivers, towns, villages…

    DAY 8

    You arrive in Irkutsk. This city, founded in the middle of nowhere in 1661 as a minor exile settlement, a hundred years later developed into a prosperous cultural and business center with a population of 10,000 and now is referred to as "the capital of Siberia." Our driver will meet you at the train station and transfer you to your hotel in Listvyanka. Visit the famous Limnological Museum of Lake Baikal and get acquainted with that unique natural reservoir, which is almost a mile deep, contains the largest stock of pure fresh water in the world and has a surface area larger than Denmark.

    DAY 9

    After breakfast take an excursion to Lake Baikal and behold its pristine beauty, take pictures that all your friends will envy and, if you are brave enough, take a dip in the cold crystal-clear waters of the oldest lake on the planet. More options to explore the town, see its districts of traditional wooden architecture and partake of rich ethnic cuisine. Don't miss having a dish of "omul" – delicious fish that lives in Lake Baikal only.

    DAY 10

    Have breakfast and be ready to check out from the hotel at noon. The bus will take you to the Hotel Baikal in Irkutsk. Have a gala night in the capital of Siberia. Hotel personnel will advise you on best places to see, try out, dine.

    DAY 11

    After breakfast the city of Irkutsk is all yours to explore and enjoy. Try not to miss the city's art gallery with excellent collections of old and new artists, some of the paintings available for sale. Visit the Mineralogical Museum displaying local gems, jewelry and rare crafts made of local semi-precious stones. A hydrofoil ride on the Angara River is another exciting option.

    DAY 12

    You re-embark on the Trans-Siberian Express at about noon and continue your epic rail journey through Siberia.

    DAY 13 AND 14

    You will cover thousands of kilometers and view unforgettable scenery. The section between Irkutsk and the city of Ulan-Ude is perhaps the most interesting and picturesque part of the Trans-Siberian railway. It is called "The Golden Buckle of the Great Siberian Trail" and it took four years to build. A rail span of 56 miles from Station Kultuk to Port Baikal goes through 48 arches, tunnels and a multitude of bridge-supporting walls.

    DAY 15

    Today you arrive in the final destination of your Great Trans-Siberian Train Voyage. You are in the Far East of Russia, in the city of Vladivostok, also called "The Bosporus of the East." The driver takes you to the Hotel Gavan and, after you check in, an English-speaking guide shows you Vladivostok in a city tour. You may want to visit the Gallery of Modern Art or the city's enormous flea market.

    DAY 16

    Have breakfast and embark on another adventure – a cruise of Peter the Great Harbor in the Sea of Japan. Before you return to your hotel, you can stroll in the streets of this boisterous port, enjoy its restaurants and shows, and take in the gorgeous oceanside sunset.

    DAY 17

    Go to the airport after breakfast for your flight to Moscow. You will stay at the Holiday Inn in Moscow this night. You have several hours to enjoy your last night in Moscow.

    DAY 18

    After breakfast, transfer to the Moscow International Airport "Sheremetievo 2" and board your flight for New York with a huge luggage of unforgettable impressions to share with your family and friends at home.

  • Russian Winter Wonder Land

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    Come to celebrate the Russian Winter! Grab few of those Russian classics books, pack some warm clothes for a Troika ride and enjoy one of the most amazing journeys of your lifetime! (No need for a fur hat, we will get it for you in Russia).

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    DECEMBER 27

    Morning Arrival to Moscow Airport Transfer to the city-centre Private excursion of Moscow city-tour (covers major places of interest City Tour. Experience the grandeur of Red Square and the Russian White House. See Moscow University, the former KGB headquarters building and central Moscow) Private sightseeing excursion to Kremlin with Cathedrals Free time Evening pick up from the lobby of the hotel Metropol + private transfer for your overnight train to St. Petersburg, 1st class ticket.

    DECEMBER 28

    Morning arrival to St. Petersburg Transfer from the train station to the hotel Check-in to the hotel Morning pick up from the lobby of the hotel for your private city-tour (covers major places of interest) Lunch free Afternoon private sightseeing excursion of the Hermitage Museum in Winter Palace Evening transfer back to the hotel Overnight at the hotel.

    DECEMBER 29

    Breakfast at the hotel Morning pick up from the lobby of the hotel for your private sightseeing excursion of St. Isaac's and Peter and Paul's Fortress Cathedrals Lunch free Afternoon private sightseeing excursion to Peter the Great's Summer Residence - Peterhoff Evening transfer back to the hotel Overnight at the hotel.

    DECEMBER 30

    Breakfast at the hotel Check-out from the hotel Pick up from the lobby of the hotel + private sightseeing excursion of Catherine's Palace in Pushkin Lunch free Afternoon private sightseeing excursion of Paul's Palace in Pavlovsk Return to St. Petersburg Evening Departure transfer from the city centre to the airport for your flight back.

  • New Year’s Eve in Catherine Palace

    New Years Eve

    Russian National Group has assembled all the elements of a mind-enriching week's journey taking in Russia's great cultural treasures. That's before we even start talking about the Tsar's New Year's Ball at Catherine's Palace featuring an 8-course meal and evening-long entertainment sampling ballet, opera, and folkloric elements...all hosted by a cast of nearly a hundred Russian 'nobility' in period dress transporting guests by their presence back to 18th century Imperial Russia. This is an evening no one forgets!

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    DECEMBER 28

    Leave the US on your overnight flight for your journey to Russia.

    DECEMBER 29

    Arrival in St. Petersburg. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Balance a day at leisure of rest and relaxation. Welcome dinner with cocktail.

    DECEMBER 30

    This morning you will have a city tour. En route, you will enjoy the sights of this gorgeous city, Tsar Peter the Greats "Window to the West." Only 300 years ago, the city was built by Tsar Peter to capture and rival the beauties of Paris and Venice. You'll love the extravagant baroque architecture of the city center,Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square, and Smolny Convent. In the afternoon, tour Peter and Paul Fortress with its famous Peter and Paul Church containing the tombs of Russian rulers from Peter the Great through Alexander III. After visiting the fortress, your tour continues to St.Isaac's Cathedral (constructed 1818-58) is the largest in the city, with its tall gilt dome, one of the many focal points of St.Petersburg. Your tour continues with a visit to Alexander Nevsky Abbey. You will visit the oldest cemetery in Russia, wheremany of the country's most famous historical figures are buried.

    DECEMBER 31

    Today enjoy the many wonders of the elegant Winter Palace that houses the Hermitage Museum, one of the largest art and cultural museums in the world. This vast collection (about 65,000 items) includes some of history's most important art. Lunch in the City. Balance of afternoon at leisure for relaxation before theNew Year's Eve event in Catherine Palace. A late evening drive will take you to the lovely city of Pushkin, formerly Tsarskoe Selo, the "Tsar's Village". On the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg, you will meet in the magnificent Catherine Palace, which hosts the Ball with an authentic atmosphere of unequaled pomp. A true romance and splendor of the Imperial traditions of festivities will be felt by the guests as they are brought back to the times of a bygone era. Inside the Palace the Russian hussars, Prince and Princess,provide a lavish welcome traditionally reserved for royalty. The Ball starts in the ballroom of the Catherine Palace. The Court Ballet greets the guests with a polonaise, followed by the official announcement of the dinner by the Prince and Princess. The specially created menu features traditional Russian caviar, served in large blocks of ice, blinis, and European-style dishes complemented by carefully selected wines and champagne. A philharmonic and classical balalaika orchestra provide background music. Midnight is celebrated with pomp, a bell concert and fireworks in the park. The extravaganza continues through the morning of the New Year with a Russian Folklore and Cossack Show, as well as Gypsy songs with wild dancing and singing by the performers.

    JANUARY 1

    This morning enjoy the Troika Ride. Afternoon transfer to the train station foryour day train trip Moscow. Arrival in Moscow. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Dinner at the hotel.

    JANUARY 2

    After breakfast, you will be escorted on an in-depth tour of this fascinating Russian capital. Enjoy the grandeur of Red Square and the Russian White House. See Moscow University, the former KGBheadquarters, and central Moscow. Experience a deep sense of history as you trace the footsteps of the legions of princes, paupers, and poets who have passed through this ancient city. This afternoon delight in a visit to the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. Here, discover an important collection of FrenchImpressionism, as well as other major schools of Western Art dating from the Renaissance through the 20th century. After the museum, ride the amazing Moscow Metro where every station is an individual monument to Soviet art and design. Enjoy an evening performance in one of the best theatres of Moscow.

    JANUARY 3

    This morning's tour takes you to the heart of the city, the Kremlin. This former Moscow citadel, "Kremlin" means "fortress" and houses exquisite palaces, presidential buildings, lovely churches, and scores of major historical monuments. Your tour of the Kremlin will also include a visit to the fascinating State Armory, the oldest museum in Russia. As its name implies, it contains many ancient weapons and armor, as well as a treasure-trove of gorgeous crown jewels, gold-encrusted icons, bejeweled royal scepters and exquisitely carved thrones. All these lovely treasures eloquently tell the history of Imperial Russia. Visit Novodevichy Convent. Originally built as a fortress, it also functioned as a convent for women of the royal family and prison for Princess Sophia, sister of Peter the Great, after she made three aborted attempts on his life to deprive him of the throne. The convent itself is a unique example of 16th and 17th century architecture.

    JANUARY 4

    Bid farewell to this exciting city, as we transfer you to the airport after your fascinating journey.

  • Private Sightseeing

    Private Sight Seeing

    Private Sightseeing is a great opportunity for you to custom-design the exact trips to these cities you've always dreamed about.

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    MOSCOW

    Founded more than 850 years ago the historical capital offers a wealth of cultural, musical and entertainment activities to its visitors. Today, this ancient heart of Russia is enjoying a renaissance of impressive proportions.

    City Tour • Experience the grandeur of Red Square and the Russian White House. See Moscow University, the former KGB headquarters building and central Moscow.

    Novodevichy Convent • Add Novodevichy Convent to your city sightseeing tour. Originally built as a fortress, it also functioned as a convent for women of the royal family and a prison for Princess Sophia, sister of Peter the Great. It is a unique example of 16th and 17th century architecture.

    The Kremlin • This former Moscow citadel the name means Fortress houses exquisite palaces, presidential buildings, lovely churches and scores of major historical monuments. Kremlin tour with three cathedrals.

    Armory Museum • Add a visit to the Armory Museum to your Kremlin tour.The State Armory is the oldest museum in Russia. As its name implies, it contains many ancient weapons and armor, but you will also find a treasure trove of gorgeous crown jewels, golden crusted icons, bejeweled royal scepters and exquisitely carved thrones. Kremlin tour with the Armory Museum.

    Royal Diamond Fund • You may add this to the above tour of the Kremlin and Armory Museum. The Diamond Fund is a true treasure trove of thousands of loose diamonds, gold nuggets, and both ancient and modern jewelry of kinds.Rate for Kremlin Tour with Armory and Diamond Fund.

    Tretyakov Gallery • Founded in 1856by Pavel Tretyakov to show the work of Russian artists. Today, after much expansion, the gallery houses and celebrates over 57,000 pieces of the most important ancient and contemporary Russian art in the world.

    Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts • Here you will discover an important collection of French Impressionists as well as other major schools of Western Art, dating from the Renaissance to the Twentieth Century.

    Excursion to Sergiev Posad • Located 44 miles northeast of Moscow,you will visit the Trinity Monastery of St.Sergiy, Russia's foremost chief monastery.After a visit to Trinity Church, oldest building in the monastery (1422 - 1423),you will visit the museum of icons.

    Excursion to Kolomenskoe • This summer residence of the Tzars is located on the high bank of the Moskva River. The museum houses a collection of decorative and applied arts and crafts of the 17th century.

    Performances • Any tickets to performances are available for the Bolshoi theatre, Stanislavsky Opera or Ballet, Tchaikovsky Hall, Puppet Show, and folklore shows.


    ST. PETERSBURG

    Visit this 300 years old exquisite city of palaces and canals, built by tzar Peter the Great as his "Window on the west", to rival other great cities of Europe; it is known to many as "Venice of the North". Choose a hotel below and add your own sightseeing and ground services: airport to hotel transfers are $60 per car for 1 to 3 people in either direction. All sightseeing is by private car with driver and an expert English-speaking guide from our fully staffed offices. With Russian National Group there is never a booking fee to create your own package, it's one our many freebies we like to offer you. You'll get great service and a plethora of historical facts to interest even the most avid history buff.

    City Tour • Enjoy a tour of the central city including Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square and Smolny convent.Combine a city sightseeing tour with one or more of the following in depth tours:Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Isaac's Cathedral, or the Alexander Nevsky Abbey.

    Peter and Paul Fortress and St.Isaac's Cathedral • At the fortress,visit the famous Peter and Paul Cathedral,which contains the tombs of Russian rulers from Peter the Great through Alexander III. After visiting the fortress,continue your tour with a visit to St.Isaac's Cathedral (under construction from 1818 to 1858), largest in the city.With its tall gilt dome, is one of the landmarks of the city.

    Alexander Nevsky Abbey • Visit the monastery and the 19thcenturyNecropolis, which contains the graves of many famous Russian writers, composers and sculptors.

    Hermitage Museum • Enjoy the many wonders of the elegant Winter Palace,which now houses the Hermitage Museum, one of the largest art and cultural museums in the world. This vast collection (about 65,000 items) includes some of history's most important art.

    Peterhof and Parks • Visit the summer palace complex of Peter the Great,the construction of which began in 1714 and included numerous fountains.

    Catherine Palace in Pushkin • Visit the city of Pushkin, formerly Tsarskoe Selo, Cz.

    Pavlovsk Palace • One of Czar Pavel's summer palaces. Like many other royal residences, this palace sustained heavy damage during the war, but most of it has been restored to its former glory. Combine Pavlovsk with Catherine Palace.

    Yusupov Palace • Visit the palace where Rasputin was murdered. Enjoy a "Vodka Rasputin".

    Performances • Any tickets to performances are available for the Bolshoi and Mariinsky theatres, Hermitage theatre, Alexandriysky Opera and Ballet,Stanislavsky Opera or Ballet, Tchaikovsky Hall, Puppet Show, and folklore shows.